Warne and partner Ryan Fox posted an 11-under 61 in the teams section at the Old Course at St Andrews to be part of a three-way tie atop the leaderboard.
Fellow Australian Aron price and teammate Ross Desmond are also at 11-under as are Belgium’s Thomas Detry and former South African rugby player Rob Louw.
With three courses used for the tournament, the Old Course historically yields lower scores than Carnoustie and Kingsbarns and all three leading teams played at the ‘Home of Golf’ on day one.
While leading the team event is great for bragging rights, Fox is also pleased to be just one off the pace in the more serious professional section of the tournament courtesy of a 4-under 68.
Both he and Warne took to social media after their round to congratulate each other on their Thursday efforts.
“What an amazing day at the #oldcourse !!,” Warne wrote on Instagram alongside a screenshot of the teams Leaderboard.
“Well played to my awesome pro @ryanfoxgolfer & great to see one of my best mates @rossdesmond shoot the lights out too."
Fox was equally happy about the day as he takes aim at a maiden European Tour title in his first full year as a member of the circuit and posted a photo on Instagram of himself with Warne after the round.
In the serious business of the tournament proper, last week’s winner Paul Dunne continued his great play to grab a share of the lead at 5-under alongside Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts.
Dunne’s 67 came at the Old Course at St Andrews while Colsaerts posted his effort at Kingsbarns.
Fox is among a group of five players sharing third including defending champion Tyrrell Hatton and Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy birdied his firs hole but made a clumsy double bogey at the second and eventually signed for a 1-over 73 at the Old Course to be well down the leaderboard at T89.
Of the Australasians, Price and Rhein Gibson are next best behind Fox at 2-under and sharing 18th, while Sam Brazel’s 1-under 71 at Carnoustie was among the best scores on that course for the day.
Jason Scrivener signed for an even par round at St Andrews to be T67 while Scott Hend and Matthew Giles were 1-over at Carnoustie with Brett Rumford and Andrew Dodt also 1-over at Kingsbarns.
Wade Ormsby and Marcus Fraser both signed for 2-over scores at Carnousite while Andrew Evans also shot 74 at St Andrews.
Stephen Leaney, Ash Hall and Nathan Holman are all 3-over while Stuart Appleby, playing on a sponsor’s invite, posted a 6-over 78 at Carnoustie.
Todd Sinnott also played Carnoustie and returned a disastrous 80.
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